5BluetoothThe Bluetooth Guide

Networking

Networking

Bluetooth Personal Area Networks

The Bluetooth spe­cific­a­tion sup­ports the use of Bluetooth for net­work­ing between devices.
If you have a PC with a Bluetooth adaptor and a Bluetooth enabled PDA, laptop,
or oth­er device that sup­por­ted net­work­ing, you should use the fol­low­ing inform­a­tion to set up a net­work con­nec­tion.
Net­work con­nec­tions between a PC and anoth­er device can be used for file and print shar­ing, and also for Inter­net access.
A typ­ic­al example of a Bluetooth PAN would be if you have a Bluetooth enabled desktop PC with broad­band access,
and a laptop with Bluetooth sup­port you can turn your desktop PC into a W.A.P. (wire­less access point)
and use the Inter­net access on your laptop without a need for wires.

The setup of a Bluetooth PAN is depend­ent upon your exist­ing con­fig­ur­a­tion, below are sev­er­al options…

  • Bluetooth net­work­ing for file and print shar­ing only
  • Provid­ing Inter­net access to anoth­er device from a PC with a dir­ect Inter­net con­nec­tion
  • Provid­ing Inter­net access to anoth­er device from a PC that has Inter­net access through anoth­er net­work (e.g. a cor­por­ate LAN)

If you need more detailed or spe­cif­ic inform­a­tion than I have provided, there are some oth­er excel­lent guides for spe­cif­ic plat­forms avail­able

  • If you have a Palm, you can go to Whizoo.com
  • If you have an iPaq, you can go to PC-Counselor.com
  • If you are net­work­ing between 2 PC’s there is more inform­a­tion avail­able at GeekZone.co.nz

Setting up a Bluetooth Personal Area Network for File & Print Sharing

  • Make sure you have fully fol­lowed the main guide
  • Pair the devices
  • Open the con­fig­ur­a­tion options on the primary PC
  • Select the “loc­al ser­vices” tab
  • Choose “net­work access” and click on “prop­er­ties”
  • Make sure it is set to “start-up auto­mat­ic­ally”, and change the pull down option to “allow oth­er devices to access the Internet/LAN via this com­puter”
  • If the device you want to con­nect FROM does not sup­port Bluetooth secur­ity prop­erly you need to down­load and run the Dis­able Net­work Secur­ity Registry Frag­ment from the down­loads page
  • Make sure that the Bluetooth net­work con­nec­tion is enabled on both devices
  • Share the rel­ev­ant folders or print­ers on the main PC
  • Con­nect the net­work access option the same way as any oth­er Bluetooth ser­vice
  • If you want to share files, folders, or print­ers in both dir­ec­tions you should carry out the above pro­ced­ure on both PC’s

Setting up a Bluetooth Personal Area Network for Internet Connection Sharing

This meth­od of Inter­net access shar­ing will only work when the host PC has a dir­ect Inter­net con­nec­tion. The host PC must be using Win­dows Me, 2000, XP or 2003 because it uses Inter­net Con­nec­tion Shar­ing

  • Make sure you have fully fol­lowed the main guide
  • Pair the devices
  • Open the con­fig­ur­a­tion options on the primary PC
  • Select the “loc­al ser­vices” tab
  • Choose “net­work access” and click on “prop­er­ties”
  • Make sure it is set to “start-up auto­mat­ic­ally”, and change the pull down option to “allow oth­er devices to access the Internet/LAN via this com­puter”
  • If the device you want to con­nect FROM does not sup­port Bluetooth secur­ity prop­erly you need to down­load and run the Dis­able Net­work Secur­ity Registry Frag­ment from the down­loads page
  • Click on the “con­nec­tion shar­ing but­ton and if read the help file if you need more inform­a­tion
  • Make sure that the Bluetooth net­work con­nec­tion is enabled on both devices
  • Share the rel­ev­ant folders or print­ers on the main PC
  • Con­nect the net­work access option the same way as any oth­er Bluetooth ser­vice
  • If you want to share files, folders, or print­ers in both dir­ec­tions you should carry out the above pro­ced­ure on both PC’s

Setting up a Bluetooth Personal Area Network for Internet Connection Sharing

This meth­od of Inter­net access shar­ing will only work when the host PC has Inter­net access through a LAN. The host PC must be run­ning Win­dows 2000, XP or 2003 because it uses a Net­work Bridge

  • Make sure you have fully fol­lowed the main guide
  • Pair the devices
  • Open the con­fig­ur­a­tion options on the primary PC
  • Select the “loc­al ser­vices” tab
  • Choose “net­work access” and click on “prop­er­ties”
  • Make sure it is set to “start-up auto­mat­ic­ally”, and change the pull down option to “allow oth­er devices to access the Internet/LAN via this com­puter”
  • If the device you want to con­nect FROM does not sup­port Bluetooth secur­ity prop­erly you need to down­load and run down­load and run the Dis­able Net­work Secur­ity Registry Frag­ment from the down­loads page
  • Open the “Net­work Con­nec­tions” con­trol pan­el
  • Select your primary LAN con­nec­tion (usu­ally called “Loc­al Area Net­work”), and then, hold­ing con­trol, also select your Bluetooth net­work con­nec­tion (usu­ally called “Bluetooth Net­work”)
  • Right click on either of the selec­ted con­nec­tions, and choose “Bridge Con­nec­tions”
  • Make sure that the Bluetooth net­work con­nec­tion is enabled on both devices
  • Share the rel­ev­ant folders or print­ers on the main PC
  • Con­nect the net­work access option the same way as any oth­er Bluetooth ser­vice
  • If you want to share files, folders, or print­ers in both dir­ec­tions you should carry out the above pro­ced­ure on both PC’s

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